It’s September, which means draft season is around the corner. Son published his Top 100, so after many a podcast & Twitter battle between us (all in good spirits of course) I figured that the best thing to do was publish a comparison piece. I promise there will be no talk of Corey Brewer in here (yeah, nah), but as Son attested to in his comments, personal biases and intangibles must be accounted for when looking at rankings. We all build teams and weight categories uniquely. There is more than one way to build a winner.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the Top 100 comparisons between our fierce leader Son and myself.
+ Indicates I am higher than Son.
– Indicates that I am lower than Son.
= Identical ranking.
|Anthony Davis||1||Anthony Davis||=|
|Giannis Antetokuonmpo||2||James Harden||+|
|James Harden||3||Steph Curry||–|
|Kevin Durant||4||Kevin Durant||+|
|Steph Curry||5||Giannis Antetokuonmpo||–|
|Karl Anthony-Towns||6||Karl Anthony Towns||=|
|Nikola Jokic||7||Nikola Jokic||=|
|Lebron James||8||Lebron James||=|
|Damian Lillard||9||Chris Paul||+|
|Russell Westbrook||10||Damian Lillard||+|
No real surprises here. The top 6 are interchangeable and you can make an argument for any of those guys. If you take Russell Westbrook in the top 10, then you do so knowing you’re punting turnovers.
The two big differences between Son and myself are over Kawhi Leonard and Bradley Beal. Listen to the pod HERE for the Beal discussion. As for Kawhi, I’m a believer he returns to elite form. He is a free agent after the season, so can he afford a season like last year?
|Kyrie Irving||21||Otto Porter Jr||–|
|Kemba Walker||22||Kyle Lowry||+|
|Clint Capela||23||Kris Middleton||–|
|Draymond Green||24||Jrue Holiday||+|
|Jrue Holiday||25||Kemba Walker||–|
|Ben Simmons||26||Donovan Mitchell||+|
|CJ McCollum||27||John Wall||+|
|Kris Middleton||28||Al Horford||–|
|Kevin Love||29||Tobias Harris||–|
|John Wall||30||Eric Bledsoe||–|
Son has Otto Porter Jr 19 spots higher than me. Much of Otto’s value comes from his shooting efficiency and low turnovers. He is for sure a solid pick in a roto league, but in H2H I am looking for a bit more stat-stuffing upside.
|Marc Gasol||31||DeAndre Ayton||–|
|Tobias Harris||32||Jamal Murray||–|
|Devin Booker||33||Gary Harris||+|
|Blake Griffin||34||DeAndre Jordan||+|
|DeMar DeRozan||35||Klay Thompson||+|
|Eric Bledsoe||36||Bradley Beal||–|
|Jamal Murray||37||Kawhi Leonard||–|
|Lamarcus Aldridge||38||Robert Covington||+|
|Al Horford||39||Draymond Green||–|
|Otto Porter Jr||40||Lamarcus Aldridge||–|
I have Blake Griffin ranked 43 places higher than Son. Yes, the defensive stats are light, but there are not many PF’s in the league that will offer you big upside in both the assist and three-point categories. DeMar DeRozan is your classic case of team context because his value fluctuates greatly depending on who was selected in earlier rounds, but there is value for high-volume free throw percentage and scoring, with a solid trickle of boards, assists, and steals.
First rookie off the board for me is Luka Doncic. Love the fit from a team style, coach, and personnel perspective. I see no reason why he won’t achieve top 50 value over the course of the season.
|Mike Conley||51||Lauri Markannen||–|
|John Collins||52||Lou Williams||–|
|Jarrett Allen||53||Andre Drummond||–|
|Gordon Hayward||54||Luka Doncic||+|
|Will Barton||55||Jonas Valanciunas||–|
|Paul Millsap||56||Jayson Tatum||+|
|Lou Williams||57||Nikola Mirotic||–|
|Ricky Rubio||58||Josh Richardson||+|
|D’Angelo Russell||59||JJ Reddick||+|
|Jonathan Isaac||60||Jeff Teague||+|
I am all-in on Jonathan Isaac this year. Even with just 25 mpg, the defensive-weighted stats are huge, and if Isaac can stay healthy and have even a small uptick on offense, Isaac could develop into a fantasy darling.
|Lonzo Ball||61||Serge Ibaka||+|
|DeAndre Jordon||62||Aaron Gordon||–|
|Steven Adams||63||Paul Millsap||+|
|Nikola Mirotic||64||Joe Ingles||+|
|Jabari Parker||65||Dwight Howard||+|
|Wendell Carter Jr||66||Jonathan Isaac||+|
|Goran Dragic||67||Jaren Jackson Jr||+|
|Trae Young||68||Wendell Carter Jr||+|
|Nic Batum||69||Harrison Barnes||+|
|Robert Covington||70||Zach Lavine||–|
Am I a big fan of Jabari Parker playing the 3 in real life? No! I do think it provides an excellent path to fantasy success, though, as the Bulls will no doubt find a way to get significant minutes for their marquee summer signing.
|Jaren Jackson Jr||71||Nic Batum||–|
|Dennis Smith Jr||72||Danillo Gallinari||+|
|Jusuf Nurkic||73||Tim Hardaway Jr||+|
|Enes Kanter||74||Hassan Whiteside||–|
|Serge Ibaka||75||Jordan Bell||–|
|Jeff Teague||76||Steven Adams||–|
|Marvin Bagley III||77||Blake Griffin||+|
|Kris Dunn||78||Dewayne Dedmon||+|
|Dario Saric||79||DeMar DeRozan||+|
|Julius Randle||80||Kyle Anderson||+|
The key to rookie success for Marvin Bagley III lies in the pace of play for the Kings, with Bagley III being the best forward option in transition. De’Aaron Fox could well just be MB3’s fantasy best friend. Call me a believer.
|Jonas Valanciunas||81||Lonzo Ball||–|
|Harrison Barnes||82||Darren Collison||–|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic||83||Goran Dragic||+|
|Collin Sexton||84||Mo Bamba||+|
|Zach Lavine||85||Ricky Rubio||–|
|Dwight Howard||86||Evan Fournier||–|
|Joe Ingles||87||Taurean Prince||–|
|Eric Gordon||88||Willie Cauley-Stein||+|
|Tim Hardaway Jr||89||Larry Nance Jr||–|
|Brook Lopez||90||Eric Gordon||+|
Outside of Collin Sexton, this is the round of boredom for me, but there are still plenty of solid fantasy producers to be drafted. I think Joe Ingles takes a small step back, not because of his lack of ability, but because Grayson Allen could take some of his minutes to keep fat Joe rested for the playoffs.
|Hassan Whiteside||91||Corey Brewer||–|
|Jordan Bell||92||Kris Dunn||–|
|Brandon Ingram||93||Dario Saric||+|
|Jaylen Brown||94||Gordon Hayward||+|
|Kyle Kuzma||95||Malcolm Brogdon||+|
|Malik Monk||96||Jusuf Nurkic||+|
|Thaddeus Young||97||Bogdan Bogdanovic||+|
|Jakob Poeltl||98||Mitchell Robinson||+|
|Taurean Prince||99||Thad Young||–|
|Markelle Fultz||100||Marcin Gortat||+|
Malik Monk baby! This round is all about Monk. James Borrego has been talking him up like a favorite lovechild, plus Nic Batum came out on Twitter saying it’s likely he returns to his natural position (SF) to open up the position for Monk. The complication here is Jeremy Lamb, but the Hornetts need a ball handler and shooter. Over the course of the season, I envision a big breakout from the former Kentucky star.
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